Nightguard for Bruxism – Teeth Grinding
Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common issue that can cause extensive damage to your smile. If you constantly clench your jaw or grind your teeth in your sleep, this can create extreme wear and tear on your teeth. While you can use stress-relief techniques to stop jaw clenching when you are awake, you may need protective gear to protect your teeth while you sleep. At Gold Hill Dentistry, we offer customized dental nightguards for bruxism as part of our family dentistry treatments to help protect your smile.
When you jaw clench or grind your teeth, you are putting hundreds of pounds of pressure on your teeth. The grinding motion of the jaw and teeth is meant to crush tough food fibers, but if no food is there, that crushing effect happens to your teeth. This can cause fractures or cracks in the teeth, weakening their structure and putting them at risk for decay and infection. Those with bruxism will often wear down the enamel on their teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and higher incidences of decay, as well as bite alignment problems.
Dental Nightguards – Protection for Your Smile
A dental nightguard offers a protective covering for your teeth that can reduce wear and tear on your smile. Our dentist can create a customized nightguard for your teeth that is comfortable and easy to use when you sleep each night. This can prevent teeth grinding and clenching, or at least minimize the damage to your teeth. Plus, your sleep partner will appreciate the quiet nights without the sound of grinding teeth that can keep some people awake at night.
If you are a teeth grinder, do not let this problem destroy your smile. Contact our office and schedule an appointment to discuss using a customized dental nightguard to protect your teeth from bruxism.